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Screaming Females - Castle Talk
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Castle Talk
Don Giovanni
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The Social Network [Original Soundtrack]
The Null Corporation
Deerhunter - Halcyon Digest
Halcyon Digest
No Age - Everything in Between
»No Age
Everything in Between
Sub Pop
Robyn - Body Talk Pt. 1/ Body Talk Pt. 2
Body Talk Pt. 1/ Body Talk Pt. 2
The Walkmen - Lisbon
»The Walkmen
Fat Possum

March 9, 2001
I've traditionally not been much of a fan of Punk Planet, the seminal fanzine that has gone from influential media outlet to corporate/punk identity crisis, but this book is highly entertaining and, even more so, informative. The main point that has, for many, dragged down the readability of the bi-monthly fanzine--the choppy crust-core review style--has been left out along with most of the other editorial and commentary fat, and what is presented is a collection of 25 interviews spanning the latter half of the 1990s.

I wouldn't say that this book is essential reading, but it can be defined as such much more so than the magazine itself. The sheer variety and number of artists interviewed and profiled assures a broad spectrum of perspectives, even though all can certainly be considered as sharing a common background and musical identity.
If there was ever an argument that punk music has become the most ambiguous, most accommodating term in rock and roll, this book is it. From the standard bearers like Black Flag and Steve Albini to credibility boosters like Noam Chomsky and safe favorites like Sleater-Kinney, this collection covers a lot of ground and even more viewpoints. For example, the most worth-while read in the entire collection--an interview with artist and Man's Ruin label owner Frank Kozik--is followed a few chapters later by the now infamous whining of Duncan Barlow.

Virtually everything that made Punk Planet great is represented within these three hundred plus pages and everything that makes Punk Planet tired and derivative has been left out. If you continually catch yourself wondering what "punk" is all about and if all of the scene bullshit is worth fighting through (and who doesn't?), read this collection and you will know you are not alone.

SEE ALSO: www.punkplanet.com
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Eric J Herboth
Eric J. Herboth is the founder, publisher and Managing Editor of LAS magazine. He is a magazine editor, freelance writer, bike mechanic, commercial pilot, graphic designer, International Scout enthusiast and giver of the benefit of the doubt. He currently lives in rural central Germany with his two best friends, dog Awahni and cat Scout.

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